There are certain things that are important to have on hand all the time.  These aren’t things that you’l be buying every single week, but stuff that will last some time and you just want to keep stocked for regular use. We’re setting the groundwork for not only a paleo or WLC kitchen, but this would set up anyone just starting to cook at home.

  1. Stocks and broths – Chicken, Beef, and/or Vegetable. My favorite brand is Kitchen Basics. You have to pay attention to ingredients on this one.
  2. Good fats. You don’t need ALL of these but Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Ghee Butter are the ones I like to have on hand. I use a tbsp in my butter/bulletproof coffee in place of MCT oil. Side note: Coconut oil does about 5,000 things. I use it instead of moisturizer and lotion and when I made the switch the rate at which my skin cleared up was astonishing.

    oil

  3. Coconut milk. I get the Trader Joes Light Coconut Milk since it has no thickeners in it. Great to put in coffee, for pancakes, shakes, sauces…I buy it every week and keep a good stock. I just bought an ice cream maker, so with summer coming I’ll be playing with coconut milk based ice creams.
  4. Vinegars. Get ready to make your own salad dressings. Also great for deglazing pans instead of using wine in recipes. Red wine, white balsamic, and apple cider.
  5. Nuts. Great for snacks. I also add them to shakes or make “noatmeal” with them. Get a variety. I like macademia, pine (to top salads), walnuts, almonds, and cashews.

    nuts

  6. GOOD coffee.  You’re not going to be diluting your coffee with flavored creamer or tons of half and half anymore. That means if you’re feeling brave and drink the roasted glory black, you’re going to actually be able to taste your coffee. There are tons of different roasts at different strengths and flavors like chocolate, berry, or smoke. Start finding what you like.
  7. Almond or other nut butter. A spoonful is a great snack when you’re in a pinch. A key ingredient in this banana bread and a great addition to smoothies.
  8. Compliant snack bars: Larabars are a slam dunk. Just pay attention to labels. Some contain chocolate or honey. They’re good to have for when you need to literally grab and go.  When I screw up and don’t pack something, or know my day might get screwy, I grab one of these.

Good to have but not needed:

  1. Sardines/anchovies. They add depth of flavor to sauces and provide calcium.
  2. Collagen/Gelatin protein. Great to add to shakes and even in your ‘bulletproof’ or butter coffee. I do this for a pre-workout drink in the am.
  3. Canned tomatoes. You can make a quick sauce in a pinch.
  4. Honey (raw and local!) This is NOT for the Whole Life Challenge. For those just going primal/paleo, local raw honey not only adds greta sweetness, but can help with allergies.

    produce

These are just some produce items that are a good idea to have all of the time. A few are common ingredients, things that you can use to throw a quick meal together, others are great snacks or meal additions.

  1. Bananas
  2. Garlic
  3. Onions
  4. Avocado
  5. Lettuces/Mixed Greens
  6. Cherry Tomatoes
  7. Cucumbers
  8. Brussels Sprouts – My favorite vegetable, so I keep it stocked for when I need to add some veg to my meal. Pick what you like and just keep it on hand.
  9. Berries
  10. Lemons
  11. Salad greens